Just when I thought Donald Trump finally dug himself into a racist hole with his golden racist shovel that even he cannot get out of, his supporters have begun trying to give the man a hand by obfuscating and conflating what he said.
For the record this is what Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States said when discussing immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries:
Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?
He was not referring to the countries. He was referring to the people, or as Trump said, these people.
Last night I was perusing Twitter as I often do on a Friday night and I read this Tweet written by the proprietor of Diversity & Comics, one of my favorite comic-related YouTube channels.
My family came from Ireland because, at the time, it was a shithole. https://t.co/sdMZHIEYio
— Diversity & Comics (@DiversityAndCmx) January 12, 2018
Richard, the man who produces Diversity & Comics, is a Republican. That’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with being a Republican. Close to half my fellow Americans are Republicans.
I guess I can understand why Richard would want to provide cover for his guy, Donald J. Trump. I just think he’s wrong. Dead wrong. He’s conflating what Trump said. Trump was speaking about “these people” not the countries they are immigrating from.
It doesn’t even make sense. Why would we even want people from non-shithole countries to immigrate here? Would they appreciate our country, its values, and the opportunities it affords if it was not as good as the country they came from?
Remember, Trump, suggested the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway here than from any of the so-called shithole countries. How would that even work? Can you imagine how unhappy someone from Norway would be to come here only to find out they would be required to pay for their own healthcare and education?
A robust public transportation system? A higher per capita income? These lily-white Norweigan immigrants can forget all about that.